Archinect - News 2016-08-23T17:08:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark Alexander Walter 2016-07-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:14:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.jpg" width="514" height="790" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Rosen would not mind getting a little credit for maintaining the 59-year-old building, a landmark inside and outside, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. With its rich materials and exquisite detailing, the building demands scrupulous attention. And money. RFR executives estimated that it cost about 20 percent more to maintain the seemingly spartan Seagram Building than it would a typical office tower of roughly the same size and age. Less is more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957646/iconic-furniture-art-tableware-and-even-a-sausage-grinder-hundreds-of-lots-from-philip-johnson-s-four-seasons-head-to-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951806/modernist-treasures-from-philip-johnson-s-iconic-four-seasons-restaurant-headed-for-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958345/liverpool-waterfront-heritage-status-at-risk-as-mayor-rejects-un-plea Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea work_for_free 2016-07-18T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiz8u925z5at90u1.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world heritage site status of Liverpool&rsquo;s waterfront is in jeopardy after the city&rsquo;s mayor, Joe Anderson, rejected a plea by UN cultural chiefs to halt development in the city [...] Anderson said he would be writing to the UN body informing it that the city would not be complying with its request [...] Heritage campaigners recently went to court in a fight to stop the demolition of 10 historic buildings near Liverpool Lime Street station in the buffer zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Liverpool-related architecture news on archinect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149949440/riba-set-to-open-national-architecture-centre-in-liverpool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA set to open national architecture centre in Liverpool</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/142830022/assemble-wins-turner-prize-becoming-first-architects-to-win-uk-s-most-prestigious-art-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder work_for_free 2016-07-08T09:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:10:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A top businessman has offered to help restore the home of [Thomas Blake Glover] a Scottish pioneer who became one of the most famous merchants in Japan [...] If anything can be done to restore Glover House we will be prepared to do it and we have made an offer to contribute to the house reopening in his memory [...] the building would be turned into an &ldquo;ideas hub&rdquo;, which could be used to strengthen business links with Japan - with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The home of Thomas Blake Glover in Japan gets 2 million (!) visitors a year and is an important heritage site,&nbsp;representative for the scottish-japanese history of industrialisation.The Glover's house in Aberdeen is in a reversed situation.&nbsp;It has fallen into a state of disrepair and is in desperate need of restoration. Now, the Founder of the Thomas Blake Glover Foundation, Anne Malcolm, welcomed the proposed renovation work. She said: &ldquo;It is very important that the Glover House should be kept for posterity as it&rsquo;s very important historically."</p><p>There have been no serious historical dramatisations of Glover&rsquo;s remarkable life and role in the Japanese history. Glover, equipped with enthusiasm for his modernising energy, had the willingness to act and negotiate in unfamiliar and dangerous surroundings in late 19th century Japan. The preservation project in Aberdeen aims to keep a architectural record of this famous Scot.</p><p>More informations Thomas Blake Glover offer an essay and a documenta...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954698/from-minnesota-to-pennsylvania-moving-a-frank-lloyd-house-halfway-across-the-country From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T19:40:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:26:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3xyjkoh17br4uk1.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For more than 60 years, a home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright stood tucked in the woods on the south side of Cloquet, little-seen and little-known as the city developed around it. Now, after being on the market for years, the R.W. Lindholm House has been deconstructed and its pieces are on their way to Pennsylvania, where they&rsquo;ll be reassembled and the home opened to the public by a group dedicated to conserving Wright-designed structures.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The house is being carefully relocated to Polymath Park, a 130-acre "architectural park." While preservationists tend to prefer to keep Wright homes in their original context, the move is considered necessary for its long-term survival.</p><p>The house has already been dismantled, bit by bit, in a process that took four weeks. The team responsible for the deconstruction made sure to keep the project hush hush due to fears that souvenir seekers might raid the site.</p><p>Cloquet, Minnesota also happens to be the home of the world's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hj2qun8hxavlu3i.jpg"></p><p>For more Wright-related news, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950408/moma-to-celebrate-frank-lloyd-wright-s-150th-birthday-with-massive-exhibition" target="_blank">MoMA to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday with massive exhibition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148500636/preserving-san-francisco-s-only-frank-lloyd-wright-building-inside-and-out" target="_blank">Preserving San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright building, inside and out</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144499048/frank-lloyd-wright-s-sturges-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-50-years" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144049955/frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-reaches-fundraising-goal-of-2m-working-towards-independence-from-foundation" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture reaches fundraising goal of $2M, working towards independence from foundation</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954196/the-havelis-of-shekhawati The havelis of Shekhawati Nam Henderson 2016-06-27T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T12:28:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ozymandian in their hubris and decay. There are over 2,000 buildings, most of them havelis, covered inside and out with frescoes that depict scenes from battle, myth, the ancestries of their owners and the coming of the Europeans. The havelis are mostly empty now, and their desolation, combined with their scale and opulence, produces a feeling of wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aatish Taseer extols, the faded opulence of, the painted houses found in the&nbsp;desert of Marwar,&nbsp;Rajasthan.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950464/non-sibi-sed-aliis Non sibi sed aliis Nam Henderson 2016-06-09T03:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-09T06:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg" width="514" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An approach called Projective Preservation brings speculation about the future into a dialectical relationship with preservation of a city&rsquo;s historic and pre-existing environments. Historic architecture, sites and cities can and should be preserved, but they must also be open to reinterpretation and adaptation to meet the needs of present and future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l54cnlrc78fqodlg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/klgd3owdpegh0xrc.jpg"></p><p>Ryan Madson (an urban planner and landscape designer who also teaches architecture at SCAD &mdash; Savannah College of Art and Design)&nbsp;published an essay digging into authenticity, "<em>memory values</em>"&nbsp;and the&nbsp;"<em>paradox of mainstream preservation ideologies</em>". He also proposes '<em>Projective Preservation'</em>&nbsp; an alternative approach.<em>&nbsp;</em>Along&nbsp;with&nbsp;<strong>A </strong>(5 point, draft)<strong> Manifesto for Savannah</strong><strong>*</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings #SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings Alexander Walter 2016-06-02T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened. "Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation. [...] The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website <a href="http://www.sosbrutalism.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sosbrutalism.org</a>. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-01T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T17:59:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the destruction of the Bavinger House is not surprising. Back in 2011, the home appeared to suffer damage in a storm, and when a crew with News 9 attempted to see the house, they were &ldquo;greeted with gunfire.&rdquo; [...] the house remained something of a mystery (it sat on private property, accessed by a rural road) until last July, when PraireMod reported that it had been contacted by Bob Bavinger&rsquo;s son, Boz, who claimed to be putting the property up for sale for the price of $1.5 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our own Donna Sink reported on the 2011 damage to the house:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10981807/goff-s-bavinger-house-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goff's Bavinger House collapses</a>. See below for a shot of the demolition scene:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dn/dnyeirziljkanwse.jpg"></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="It's easier now to tear down &quot;historic homes&quot; in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a title="Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></li><li><a title="Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144438812/whatever-the-architecture-memorializing-a-structure-for-its-memories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943543/italian-government-assigns-1b-to-cultural-preservation Italian government assigns €1B to cultural preservation Justine Testado 2016-05-03T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ug0ftdi4lcqd2e0f.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Italian government announced [May 2] that it is allocating &euro;1bn [approx. $1.15B] to major restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including Pompeii, the earthquake-stricken city of L&rsquo;Aquila and the Uffizi galleries in Florence. [C]ulture minister Dario Franceschini described the funding, which will continue until 2020, as the &ldquo;biggest investment in cultural heritage&rdquo; in Italy&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941900/better-than-ever-mackintosh-building-will-reopen-in-2018-along-with-campus-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyuin9q12ga84ck7.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A boxy steel and glass&nbsp;building standing just three stories tall, the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. doesn&rsquo;t command a lot of attention.&nbsp;But among local architects and history buffs, it has a cult following. &ldquo;This is a building that appears in architecture textbooks,&rdquo; said Jennifer James, an architectural historian... Now, the building is poised for a $10 million renovation that Catholic Diocese of Des Moines officials say will extend its life another 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqzc9jppydghqold.jpg"></p><p>The building in question, now known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, was designed by none other than Mies van der Rohe. One of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in Des Moines, it was originally known as the Home Federal Savings and Loan building and opened in 1962.</p><p>The building exemplifies Miesian geometry: its marble tiles, railings, and exterior form are all square. The renovation will replace antiquated plumbing, lighting, heating and other mechanics, as well as replace a hole left over from a skywalk entrance that was recently removed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mv1qcwshxwzkdyph.jpg"></p><p>More on Mies here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139043225/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-re-ordering-mies-in-we-know-how-to-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Re-ordering Mies in "We Know How to Order"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-29T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T11:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The uncertainty looming over the building&rsquo;s future is serving as a call to action for preservation groups in Atlanta and around the world who are beginning to mobilize. [...] Ironically, to gain the Breuer building, Atlanta lost its original Carnegie Library. [...] As evidenced by the transformation of the former Whitney Museum into the Met Breuer, it is clear that with a careful restoration, Breuer&rsquo;s works can be an iconic piece of the urban fabric in which they reside</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architecture and Design Center has begun a <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-marcel-breuer?source=c.em.cp&amp;r_by=15391034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition</a> to protect the library, and has since garnered 1,023 signatures of 2,000 needed.</p><p>The petition states: "We ask that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees take actions to protect the Central Library and Library System Headquarters Building, located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, from demolition and damaging renovation, whether the Library System maintains ownership or sells the building. We also ask that the building is renamed to honor its architect, the internationally renowned Marcel Breuer."</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the bruta...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de6ykhjexeypwb4m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:45:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54b4cgxbc1ajlytu.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though the [Vanna Venturi] house has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Stecura said it is being sold without any protections against alterations inside or out. [...] Cross your fingers and hope for the best. [...] there is no broader strategy in place &mdash; in the museum world or among the nation's leading historic preservation groups &mdash; to protect the most important works of 20th-century residential architecture from the vagaries of the market</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title="Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T19:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9g6vx64jzrmtybdx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Downton Abbey is just down the road from us,"&nbsp;Mockler-Barret said.&nbsp;&ldquo;And we&rsquo;re so jealous of Lord and Lady Carnarvon. Although they won&rsquo;t tell us how much they&rsquo;ve made from 'Downton Abbey,'&nbsp;I think they&rsquo;ve done quite well out of it.&rdquo; But that&rsquo;s the fairytale. The residents of Milton Manor will be happy if they can just patch up their inheritance and avoid the&nbsp;humiliation and disgrace&nbsp;of losing the ancestral seat after 250 years of family ownership.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139474587/meet-the-preservationist-trying-to-revolutionize-historic-house-museums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the preservationist trying to revolutionize historic house museums</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135184637/rowan-moore-on-the-seemingly-erratic-decision-making-in-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code Justine Testado 2016-04-07T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T17:48:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7mdib0oy5xkad4e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not enough to just catalogue these [structures] in photos and videos, it is our aim to break down the logic of these patterns, and recreate them in code in order to make them more accessible and possibly allowing them to find new life in contemporary applications. By building an open source library, accessible to architects, artists, mathematicians, and software engineers, we can carry these patterns and traditions forward for future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lauren Connell (architect at BIG), Alexis Burson (associate at Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners), and Baris Yuksel (Google senior engineer) share their architectural and computer engineering perspectives on Project Agama. The&nbsp;collaboration aims to document and digitally preserve the intricate geometric patterns and tilework of ancient Central Asian architecture by converting the patterns to code, which will eventually become a accessible resource for architects to potentially apply in new applications.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125817966/the-young-woman-who-designed-tehran-s-new-popular-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103716754/the-architecture-of-al-medina-al-munawwarah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of al-Medina Al-Munawwarah</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration Le Corbusier's Cité de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T20:21:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6uycetumd3w5cgw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public tours of a newly-restored Salvation Army shelter in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret start in April. The tour guides for the 11-storey building, known as the Cit&eacute; de Refuge, will be the residents of the building themselves who have been trained by the Fondation Le Corbusier. The Cit&eacute; de Refuge, which opened in 1933..., is historically significant as Le Corbusier&rsquo;s first urban housing project and one of only two completed buildings in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Le Corbusier have you crowing? Check out these related links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139805281/renault-issues-coup-corbusier-a-concept-car-to-explore-a-new-way-forward-inspired-by-le-corbusier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renault issues Coup&eacute; Corbusier: a concept car to explore "a new way forward", inspired by Le Corbusier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131799131/le-corbusier-was-a-combination-of-blind-and-na-ve-about-all-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Le Corbusier was a combination of blind and na&iuml;ve about all politics&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938426/poland-to-remove-soviet-era-memorials Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:40:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbinidur9gw9srzs.jpg" width="514" height="699" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Polish government plans to demolish about 500 Soviet monuments throughout the country, head of the Institute of National Remembrance Lukasz Kaminsky said in an interview with online portal Onet.pl, the RBC news website reported Thursday. Kaminsky &mdash; whose institute is responsible for investigating crimes against the Polish nation &mdash; said that plans for the demolition of the monuments, would be sent to local authorities in the coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, the monuments will be relocated to museums where they can serve as a "witness of hard times."</p><p>Many Soviet war memorial have been vandalized and demolished in Poland, whose population views the Soviet role in the Second World War "with ambiguity or outright hostility."</p><p>Russians have reacted strongly to these moves in Poland. In their view, the Red Army liberated Poland from the Nazis.</p><p>For related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142590884/explore-warsaw-with-these-travel-tips-from-four-o-nine-co-founder-lukasz-kos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Explore Warsaw with these travel tips from Four O Nine co-founder Lukasz Kos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141442659/architecture-is-a-field-of-repression-daniel-libeskind-on-childhood-memories-trauma-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137438362/renderings-released-for-warsaw-s-new-museum-of-modern-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136344571/owen-hatherley-s-history-of-communist-architecture-remains-under-the-spell-of-socialism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley's history of communist architecture remains "under the spell of socialism"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935242/venice-lagoon-declared-most-endangered-heritage-site-in-europe Venice Lagoon declared most endangered heritage site in Europe Alexander Walter 2016-03-17T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T15:37:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxq778ylp063mavp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Venice Lagoon is the most endangered heritage site in Europe, declared the pan-European heritage organisation Europa Nostra at an event today [...]. Rising sea levels, swelling number of tourists, large cruise ships in the lagoon, the erosion of the sea bed, dredging deeper channels and the lack of an agreed management plan for Venice has created a perfect storm of threats to the city&rsquo;s preservation. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934108/architect-behind-matrera-castle-restoration-argues-criticism-is-prejudiced Architect behind Matrera Castle restoration argues criticism "is prejudiced" Justine Testado 2016-03-10T18:22:00-05:00 >2016-07-08T16:50:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxf85yjtrkhadns.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recently completed restoration project [of Spain's Matrera Castle] has provoked an incredulous reaction from some locals and a Spanish conservation group... However, Carlos Quevedo, the architect who oversaw the restoration of the castle...pointed out that the project had been painstaking, professional, and legal...'I do think that some basic, accurate information can help avoid some of the prejudices that spring from a simple image.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Spain is having another cultural kerfuffle over the recent restoration of the ancient Matrera Castle in Cadiz. While locals and preservation groups are mocking and criticizing the makeover, architect Carlos Quevedo says that it was done to prevent further structural collapse.</p><p>More about historic preservation:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat Alexander Walter 2016-02-26T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx9z5nsjuzg9x1tx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I realized is that they have very little power,&rdquo; Mr. Viet, 28, said of his fellow urban planners. &ldquo;The fates of the buildings were being decided by someone else.&rdquo; [...] when Ho Chi Minh City&rsquo;s property market perked up after a slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis, dozens of prewar buildings &mdash; spanning the colonial to modernist eras &mdash; were razed to make room for new ones. As the city&rsquo;s modest skyline grows, residents are watching with a mixture of awe and trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it's tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/marina0212.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy The architectural vestiges of white supremacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:59:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcw8ebsvqni4mtkf.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inequity built into The Lyric Theatre's very architecture is a painful reminder of [Birmingham's] ugly past as one of the most segregated places in America. But it also serves as a living history lesson [...] Across the South, people are struggling with similar questions: What does a changing region do with the vestiges of back-alley service windows, segregated waiting rooms, dual water fountains and abandoned schools that once formed the skeleton of a society built on oppression?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wait long enough, and anywhere can become a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dark tourism</a> site. More from the tricky territory of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a title="Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a title='"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141818923/saudi-arabia-s-uneasy-relationship-with-its-cultural-heritage-of-mecca-and-medina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li><li><a title="The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141208175/the-queen-s-architect-listen-to-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-2-with-jens-bertelsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146660050/the-unexpected-survival-story-of-the-last-shotgun-house-in-santa-monica The unexpected survival story of the last "shotgun" house in Santa Monica Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rrhp89c7jxr1kbyn.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Small houses can tell big stories," read the apt white words on the pamphlet's blue cover. The shotgun house's Ocean Park neighborhood had once been full of such modest dwellings. It was a working-class place &mdash; home to carpenters and painters and people who washed other people's laundry. But that kind of history most often is erased over time, as little houses make way for bigger ones. Ordinary people often don't chronicle their lives &mdash; and when they leave, their stories do too.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/orgxhuh62203bla9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1tecuyfi1ow6d8s.jpg"></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled "Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled Justine Testado 2016-01-21T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T18:40:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bzsdlziw0yq068c.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The more period commentary on these spaces you read...the more you see the hotel's owners are falling into the very trap the interiors were engineered to escape: banality, anywhere-ness, the flimsiness of changing fashion...Are the current going to rip out the mirror and replace it with barn wood and mason jars? Just wait. Stop the unpermitted demolition. Landmark this interior and, in doing so, remind people of its undated and undateable wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange writes about the&nbsp;Ambassador Grill &amp; Lounge and Hotel Lobby at the United Nations Plaza Hotel (now known as ONE UN New York), which is currently planned for reconstruction and where illegal exploratory demolition has reportedly begun. The remodeling plan has sparked outcry from advocates, who recently filed a Request for Evaluation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the iconic Roche Dinkeloo-designed interior.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141449075/carry-out-world-s-first-taco-bell-is-being-rescued-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before – is this progress or folly? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:43:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1gcdassgjzvdn5j4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last July, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to modify the city&rsquo;s historic preservation ordinance, thereby making it easier to demolish buildings that were at one point deemed &ldquo;historic.&rdquo; While the City Council understands this a mark of progress&mdash;allowing more real estate money, and therefore more revenue, to flow into the city&mdash;historically minded citizens believe the modification places architecturally and historically relevant buildings onto a very slippery slope...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143597471/roam-l-a-s-westside-with-these-travel-tips-from-ehrlich-architects-takashi-yanai" target="_blank">Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai</a></p></li><li><p><a title="$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140903285/500-000-000-spec-house-under-construction-in-la" target="_blank">$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA</a></p></li><li><p><a title='MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129957435/mad-unveils-hillside-village-project-for-beverly-hills" target="_blank">MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence "Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" – say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T19:29:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T15:38:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83y7z0plagnx6g81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hotel plan by the Procaccianti Group Inc. [...] is being welcomed by construction-trades unions, city officials and surrounding business owners. But Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will miss the Fogarty building. It&rsquo;s not ugly, he said, it&rsquo;s just &hellip; different. At about 50 years old, he said the Fogarty building is in the most dangerous time in a structure's life: when it&rsquo;s too old to be hip but too young to be venerated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sadly the architectural design of the proposed extended stay high-rise hotel that has been OKed by Providence City Council last December to replace the Fogarty building could not be any more generic and bland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5whddeqc27ab8mws.jpg"></p><p>What do you think, Archinectors? Do we have Providence locals here among our readers that can share their memories of the Fogarty's glory days?</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015 Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015 Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T10:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a1tyiryhz0txcat.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism lost the good fight in 2015. [...] Demolition on another building by Johansen began late last year as well: Stage Theater, once known as the Mummers Theater, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman&lsquo;s Steve Lackmeyer called the 1970 project the number-one modernist building in the city that should have been spared. [....] Preservationists had hoped to turn it into a children&rsquo;s museum. Models of the building show what a delightful museum it might have made [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brutalike stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li></ul>